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True Tales of Finding the Fountain of Youth

For thousands of years, man has pursued the “fountain of youth.” People as well known as Alexander the Great and Ponce de Leon have wandered to every corner of the world looking for this magic fountain. Even today people continue the search.

Today we don’t expect to find it in the forest. Today we look to the vitamin store, the gym or the local plastic surgeon. I share this pursuit and have had a unique vantage point as a physician to find those who seem to have found the fountain. These are people in their 20s, 30s or 40s – people who seem to defy time. I have had the fortunate opportunity to discuss their “secret” with a number of these people by asking them their personal theory as to why they weren’t aging. Their answers are curious.

The first of these people, I met was while I was growing up. I saw him for 20 years and he remained stubbornly at age 37. He probably still looks 37. I asked him what the cause of such good fortune was. He had a theory which he was happy to share. He said, “Don’t mix up your digestion.” He had observed that people take a bit of this and a bit of that during meals. This mixes up your digestion. The proper way is to eat all of your greens at once, your potatoes by themselves, and, of course, your meat all together. I asked if the order was important, and he assured me it was not. You just had to eat each thing by itself, so as not to mix up the digestion.

Fairly early in my medial career, I met another man whose date of birth put him at 57, when he could easily pass for 30. I was still expecting he would claim a lifetime of exercise, not smoking and drinking red wine. No such luck. When I asked him what his secret of eternal youth was, he said, “Beer.” Wanting to give his theory a chance, I asked if he soaked in it, gave himself an enema with it or what. He looked at me strangely, and said, “I drink it.” I thought of my food order guru and asked if it needed to be any particular kind of beer (organic?). He answered, “Budweisers.” I asked the proper amount and he said, “About a case a day.” It seemed to work for him.

As I continued to question the genetically blessed, I found people were attributing good heath and youthful looks to almost anything other than the expected. I have met people who were convinced that eating bacon kept them in their prime. Therein lies the rub. As a society, we value youthful vigor and good looks. These qualities are widely and quite unevenly distributed. They are probably largely genetic. I think of the 90 year old who tells me it’s smoking that’s keeping him going. Sometimes someone’s gifts are even resistant to their own best efforts at ruining their heath. So we listen to the seemingly more gifted members of the human race for their advice. We buy into their theories, we buy their butt blasters, their go-upside-down contraptions and all the other “stuff” that will keep us looking young.

I am doubtful that beer or not mixing up the digestion is the real secret to eternal youth. But hearing the theories and thinking about them never fails to bring me some amusement. The real “secret” to the fountain of youth? Pick our parents more carefully!

— Dr. B

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Two U.S. HealthWorks Doctors Named to Leadership Roles with the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California

We’re excited to announce that two of our physicians have taken on leadership positions with the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OSPC).

Dr. Alesia Wagner, the Southern California regional medical director for USHW, was re-elected to the OPSC Board of Directors as the new secretary-treasurer.  

“It’s a great feeling to have my peers vote to keep me on the board of directors for another year,” said Dr. Wagner. “I’ll continue to work hard to keep OPSC operating as one of the best medical organizations in the state.”

Dr. Minh Nguyen, managing physician at our San Diego Hillcrest clinic, has been appointed as the chair of the OPSC’s Workers’ Compensation Committee.

“I’m honored to have been confirmed to serve on OPSC’s Workers’ Compensation Committee,” said. Dr. Nguyen. “Workers’ comp issues are of vital importance to all employers, especially here in California, as we work to make it more cost effective for everyone.”

As a division of the American Osteopathic Association, the OPSC’s mission is to help osteopathic physicians provide better, quality healthcare for patients, and to educate the public to better understand osteopathic medicine and its contribution to total healthcare.

– Dr. Leonard Okun


Contest for a Free Onsite H1N1 Vaccination Clinic for Your Your Place of Business.


U.S. HealthWorks wants to send our staff to your place of business to host an onsite H1N1 vaccination day and give up to 50 of your employees the H1N1 flu shot…all for free. It could be YOU!

Maybe you’re in public safety and your employees are exposed to lots of people who may have the virus, but budget cuts prohibit your agency from inoculating workers. 


Or maybe you have a retail business and see a lot of foot traffic with potential infected customers, but just haven’t had the time to schedule employees to get their shots.     

In order to enter, you must tell us why your office and your employees should win our FREE H1N1 FLU VACCINATION CONTEST, follow us on Twitter at @USHealthWorks, and Re-Tweet our contest at least once before the giveaway ends on Feb. 8, 2010.

Businesses within 20 miles of any of our medical centers with available vaccine are eligible to win the onsite vaccination clinic.  U.S. HealthWorks has centers in the following states: California, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina and Alaska.  A list of exact locations can be found here


U.S. HealthWorks on Q13 Fox in Seattle Discussing Latest Flu News

National Influenza Vaccination Week Jan. 10 – 16, 2009

The holiday season events may be over, but this week is cause for another kind of important event – getting vaccinated for H1N1 influenza.

President Obama declared Jan. 10-16 National Influenza Vaccination Week, so U.S. HealthWorks is offering the H1N1 vaccine for only $15 per shot.

Although the media hype surrounding H1N1 has subsided, the risks still remain as we head into what is normally the peak flu season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.

Not sure where to find a clinic near you where you can get the shot? Check out to find the closest U.S. HealthWorks medical center where you can get the H1N1 flu vaccination.

And for the latest news, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @USHealthWorks

-Dr. Leonard Okun, National Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks

The Temptations’ Otis Williams Gets His H1N1 Shot

Otis Williams, the founder and original member of The Temptations, asked me come to his home in Los Angeles last month to give him the H1N1 vaccine.  It was great to meet him in person after listening to so many of his songs. 

In the pictures, you can see all the gold records on the wall behind us as I gave him the swine flu shot. 

So which star most needs to get the H1N1 shot next? 

– Dr. Alesia Wagner